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Turkey protests German search of Libya-bound Turkish ship

Nov. 23, 2020 12:51 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey summoned top diplomats representing the European Union, Germany and Italy on Monday after a German frigate that is part of a EU mission enforcing an arms embargo against Libya intercepted a Turkish freighter in the Mediterranean sea and carried out what a senior Turkish...

Vehicles line up as healthcare workers help to check-in as citizens are being tested at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

The Latest: Washington state sees record hospitalizations

Nov. 22, 2020 9:18 PM EST

SEATTLE — Health officials in Washington state said the number of people who were hospitalized to receive treatment for the coronavirus has reached a record high. KOMO-TV reports there were 762 people receiving hospital care for the virus in Washington as of Saturday. At the Swedish First Hill campus of...

Police officers patrol Istiklal street, the main shopping street in Istanbul, minutes into the lockdown, part of the new measures to try curb the spread of the coronavirus, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a series of restrictions, including partial weekend lockdowns, to help the country grapple with the resurgence of the pandemic. Restaurants and cafes are closed and will only be allowed to serve take-away food. People won't be able to venture out of their homes after 8:00 p.m. on weekends. The restrictions also limit the hours that shops, markets and hairdressers can operate. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Turkey's COVID-19 numbers at record levels for second day

Nov. 22, 2020 12:27 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey saw a record number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 for the second day running on Sunday as 6,017 new symptomatic patients were documented, the health ministry said. The number of new daily cases are now running at higher levels than the outbreak’s previous peak in...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the leaders of the G20 Leaders' Summit with an introductory video message from his Vahdettin Pavilion, in Istanbul, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Saudi Arabia is hosting the virtual meeting of G-20 leaders on Saturday and Sunday in line with coronavirus restrictions.(Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Erdogan says Turkey's place is in Europe before EU summit

Nov. 22, 2020 9:05 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that Turkey sees itself as a part of Europe, but he called on the European Union to “keep your promises” on issues such as the country's membership bid and refugees. He spoke before an EU summit due to be held next...

Turkey reports record daily number of new COVID-19 patients

Nov. 21, 2020 12:58 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey recorded its highest daily number of new COVID-19 patients Saturday as the country's first weekend curfew since June came into force. The Health Ministry said 5,532 people with symptoms were diagnosed in 24 hours, some 400 more than were recorded on the previous record day in...

FILE - In this March 26, 2020, file photo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, participates in a teleconference with G20 leaders amid the coronavirus outbreak, in Istanbul. The Nov. 21-22, 2020, Group of 20 summit, hosted by Saudi Arabia, will be held online this year because of the coronavirus. The pandemic has offered the G-20 an opportunity to prove how such bodies can facilitate international cooperation in crises — but has also underscored their shortcomings. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool, File)

Turkish, Saudi leaders speak by phone ahead of G20 summit

Nov. 21, 2020 2:18 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman by phone ahead of the G-20 virtual summit hosted by the kingdom, the president’s office said Saturday. The leaders discussed improving relations between the two countries, the statement said....

Turkish central bank hikes rates to support currency

Nov. 19, 2020 7:03 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s central bank raised its benchmark interest rate on Thursday, when it held its first meeting under its new chief, in a bid to tame inflation and to prop up the struggling currency. The bank said it was raising the one-week repo rate by 4.75 percentage points to 15%. The...

People line up outside a popular pub and restaurant in St Kilda in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Melbourne, Australia's former coronavirus hot spot, emerged from a lockdown at midnight Tuesday, restaurants, cafes and bars were allowed to open and outdoor contact sports can resume. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)

The Latest: 6-day lockdown ordered in South Australia state

Nov. 17, 2020 10:56 PM EST

SYDNEY — The Australian state of South Australia will begin a six-day lockdown at midnight Wednesday, with schools, universities, bars and cafes closed. Only one person from each household will be allowed to leave home each day, and only for specific reasons. The restrictions also require most factories...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks following a cabinet meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Turkey is re-introducing a series of restrictions, including partial weekend lockdowns, in a bid to slow the surge of COVID-19 cases in the country. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Turkish parliament approves peacekeepers for Azerbaijan

Nov. 17, 2020 3:48 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s parliament on Tuesday granted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government permission to deploy peacekeepers to Azerbaijan to monitor a cease-fire deal between Azerbaijan and Armenia that aims to end the conflict in the region. In a show of hands, legislators...

Turkey's parliament approves deployment of Turkish peacekeepers to Azerbaijan

Nov. 17, 2020 1:25 PM EST
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament approves deployment of Turkish peacekeepers to Azerbaijan.